Trnava vs Hibernians by Luke

Historically, Spartak Trnava is one of the most successful clubs in Slovakia, having won important Czechoslovak league and Czechoslovak Cup (five times) in past, but also reaching the semi-finals of European Cup once and quarter-finals twice. However, the team is far away from their bright past but still had some notable results in qualifiers for Europa League in last ten years.

They were twice in the play-off round for the group stage, losing to Zurich and Lokomotiv Moscow. The team finished as fourth in the previous Slovakian championship, notably being much better in front of own fans, which surely is their biggest weapon. However, Trnava will be playing this game without fans, while the team didn't have a victory till now in preparation period. They lost to Polish side Termalica 3:0, drew with Vardar Skopje 1:1 and ended the game against Czech side Olomuc with the same score.

In comparison to previous season, defensive midfielder Aldo Beaz (28/1 on loan from Slavia Prague) and central midfielder Robert Jez (13/2, retired in the meantime) will not be playing here, while important loss for this match will be missing of striker Depetris (21/15 in previous season) who didn't renew his contract.

Hibernians didn't manage to repeat more of the same success from season 2014-15 when they were crowned as champions of Malta, having finished this season as second placed side. They lost the title in last rounds of the league, ending it with four points less than champions from Valletta.

One of the biggest characteristic of the team is that they were really strong in attack all season long, having scored 85 goals during thirty-three rounds, which is sixteen more than champions from Valletta for example. Last year the team impressed in the first leg of the second round qualifiers for Champions League, when they won over Maccabi Tel Aviv 2:1, but their game plan completely got destroyed in the second leg, when the team suffered 5:1 defeat, but only being outplayed in last thirty minutes when the team conceded three goals.

The team consists of domestic players plus several Brazilian players and two defenders from Equatorial Guinea. There have been no big transfer moves in regards to the previous season.

No doubt that Trnava remains big favorite to qualify further, however without fans here and with less quality in attack, they might get into this one a bit more cautious. The team didn't impress in their friendly matches and can easily get into troubles against a side that looked more than decent against Israeli champions season ago, for the most of the time.

Bet: Hibernians +2 @ 1.71 with BetVictor
Result: 3-0 (lost)
+1 -1

4 Comments

  1. Guy_Israel says:

    israeli champions? you got a bit confused at the end :)

  2. DamirJ says:

    Well, they were champions back then, weren’t they? :)

  3. meowbets says:

    Ok, but h2h are not so old (2014), and in these kind of matches, with teams from different championships and difficult to compare, are very relevant in my opinion. Two big wins by Trnava a couple of years ago, even with the red card in the first match and the second one that was like a friendly game, after the 2-4 in the first round. I’m not so sure that fans are so important here (big travel from Malta, different weather, etc.) and Trnava won 3-1 against very strong Trencin last May. I think that a -1,5 ah is perhaps safer than this bet.

  4. MaTeJ says:

    In all 3 friendly games Trnava play good. Ok, they dont have win but coach Karhan says that he is satisfied with team and with this friendly games. Stadium will be empty and thats blow for Trnava but quality is on their side. Players like Schranz, Mikovič or maybe new striker Yao will be differential players in this game. They are too fast and technically above than players from Maltas league. GL

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